“A place for everything, and everything in its place” – Mrs Beeton
I spend a huge amount of time in my home office. Working from home, I spend more time in the office than any other room in the house. Even more than the bedroom since I work more than I sleep!
Over the years, I have gotten into the habit of laying things down and stacking books, etc. instead of returning them to their proper place. After doing this long enough the home office becomes a bit disorganized.
It doesn’t happen all at once, just little by little until one day you walk in and wonder, “How in the world did this place become such a mess?”
The sad thing is, in the past I have taken time to put it all away, get the office organized for efficiency and then it all happens again.
Does this happen to you? Please tell me I’m not alone in this struggle to keep my home office organized.
National Organize Your Home Office Day
Today is National Organize Your Home Office Day. I plan to spend some time clearing the clutter.
As my friend Cynthia Alexander says, “If there is an Achilles heel for clutter, it is PAPER CLUTTER! Paper seems to multiply and grow without limits. It is my own personal challenge. Things such as email addresses, phone numbers and even appointment times seem to wind up on little pieces of paper.” Cynthia has been on her own clutter removal journey and knows exactly what we are struggling with.
Cynthia wrote a book on home office organization, Get Your Home Office Organized: Cut the Clutter and Watch Your Productivity Soar.
Cynthia lives in Dallas and has a home and office organization business. She physically goes to people’s homes and helps them clear their clutter.
In her book, Cynthia discusses how to declutter and then how to plan your office to avoid future clutter. She also talks about focus and how you focus is impacted by clutter.
My favorite part of the book is her 30 day plan. She walks you through the steps of getting your home office organized in 30 days.
Cynthia says, “The more I work with people and help clear their clutter, there is a common thread. The dread is often the worst part. If you will mark a time on your daily planner with what you are going to declutter and do it for several times a week….it will not be long before your office is cleared and free from clutter.”
Let’s Get Organized
So in honor of National Organize Your Home Office Day, let’s work together to tidy up a corner of our offices. I will work on my home office here in Houston and you work in your office wherever you live. Even if you only have 15 minutes, you can make a difference.
If you need help with your organizing problems, give my friend Cynthia a call.
Happy National Organize Your Home Office Day!